Vincent D’Ornofrio, who played the slow, eventually murderous Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence, gained 70 pounds for the role – the most any actor has ever gained for a part, ever! He shaved his head as well, and it had more of an effect on him than he’d anticipated.
He said of the experience, ”It changed my life. Women didn’t look at me; most of the time I was looking at their backs as they were running away. People used to say things to me twice, because they thought I was stupid.”